Hi, everybody. I’m Jasmyne with Relate Family Therapy in Centennial, Colorado, and today I’m going to talk a little bit about how important structure is to avoid survival mode. We all get in a place where we feel overwhelmed or like we’re just doing what we need to do in order to survive. We take those days, and we say, “Whatever happens happens. I can face it, and I’m going to deal with it.” But, it’s probably better to have a couple of pillars out there that you can look forward to or plan in your day to keep some structure. Keeping structure helps kids – and it helps adults – sense that they’re moving throughout the day, and that they’re having success. It can be really simple things, like “at 10 o’clock I’m going to coffee with a friend, and at 2 o’clock I’m going to the grocery store, and at 5:30 I’m going to get dinner.” Being able to align your day with certain times and certain activities helps you feel like you have some control over the time. And, at the end of the day, you’ll be able to remember those times and say, “Okay. At least I accomplished these things.” Whereas if you just let the day take you, you might still do those same things, but you won’t feel the success of saying, “Yeah, I did get to the grocery store today at 2.” Now, schedules are made to be broken, and the best days can fall apart, but if you sense that you have some sort of organization, you’re going to feel that overwhelmed feeling dissipate a little bit, and you’re going to be able to move a little sanity back into your life. Have a good day!
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